Week 10 Teaching Tips

Can you believe it is week 10 already?  Time flies when you are having fun…or up to your eyeballs is grading and other teaching work. 

There are many variations of a 1-minute paper that you can use in classes to break things up, have students reflect and write, and to give feedback about their learning and your teaching.  A popular one is to ask students what was the muddiest point of today’s class.  You could also ask them what was the most interesting thing, one application of something they learned, the three main points, what questions they still have about the material, etc.

If you are having your student turn in 1-minute papers or other quick writes, they can come in on all sorts of slips of paper that are then flying around as you try to read and/or grade them.  One way to help with this is to hand out 1/4 or 1/2 sheets of paper to students.  To save money and model ways to re-use resources, you could cut up old documents that are printed on one side.  If you teach many sections and want to help organize them, try using a different color of paper for each section.  Central Services can cut up new or used sheets for you, or you could ask your department’s support person for help. 

Looking for an outside perpective?  The Chatty Professor:http://ellenbremen.com/ or http://chattyprof.blogspot.com is blog by Ellen Bremen who is a tenured faculty member at Highline Community College in Seattle. Lots of fun, helpful, and insightful blog topics.  (Thanks to Miki Huntington for providing this link.)

This might be the time in the semester when students start asking about incompletes.  Please see the email from Linnea about the college policy and the number of these grades that are converted into F grades 8 weeks into the next semester.  

To get us to start thinking about next semester, last week we started this section and included include 1 of Chickering and Gamson’s 7 principles for good practice in undergraduate education.  The second 1 is: develops reciprocity and cooperation among students.  How do your classes currently address this, and how could you increase it next semester?  If you are looking for ideas, contact one of the us.

Join us this week for:

CTL Lunch & Learn, Topic: Open Education Resources | Tuesday, October 29th from 11:30am-1:00pm | T1400  Stop in as your schedule allows.
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